5 Most Romantic Vacation Spots in Western Europe

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Are you ready for a getaway with your special someone? Choose a romantic destination in Western Europe. Whether you prefer to tour the city, bike or hike in the wilderness, or relax on the beach during your vacay, just follow your heart.

5 Madrid

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Go to Madrid—the capital of Spain—for eye candy and shut-eye; art and a siesta, that is. There’s something for everyone in this metropolis, including bullfights, flamenco dancers, soccer games, museums and markets. Watching a show, looking at art and buying souvenirs is even more worthwhile with the one you love.

4 Crete

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The sky is the limit on the Greek island of Crete. Experience a city lifestyle on the north side and a more outdoorsy feel on the south side. You and your honey may check out Greek architecture during the day, then get dolled up for a night in northern Chania or Heraklion. Head to southern Chania and Rethymnon for the beaches and hiking. Embrace the diversity—ancient and contemporary Greek buildings, the mountains and the tropics.

3 Tuscany

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The Italian region Toscana is sure to please all of the senses. Its land boasts hills, trees and vineyards that produce wine and olive oil, two of Italy’s finest, so you and your partner can eat, drink and be merry. Experience the Renaissance art revolution in the city of Florence, where you can wine and dine to breathtaking sunsets. Ponder the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or take a bicycle trip for two around the countryside.

2 Venice

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The city of Venice, Italy, is like no other because it of its location on water. Enjoy a gondola ride down the Grand Canal with your amore. If you can manage to take your eyes of off each other, look in awe at Venetian art and open your ears to the opera. Should you choose to venture out to neighboring islands, check out the beach in Lido, lace in Burano and glass in Murano. Share dining and one-of-a-kind shopping at the Piazza San Marco.

1 Paris

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Paris, the “City of Light” that is the capital of France, is a cascade of culture and romance. Ask a local to take a photo of you and your sweetie kissing atop the Eiffel Tower or on the steps of the Sacre Coeur. Take a stroll along the riverbanks of the Seine, then while away the night at the Moulin Rouge cabaret. When the tourist attractions become blase, sneak off for a rendezvous at a side-street cafe or sit and people-watch.

Elaine J. Dispo, a journalist since 1996, specializes in education. She wrote for “Fil-Am Press.” Dispo earned the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Frank W. Buckley Scholarship and the Students In Free Enterprise Sam M. Walton Fellowship. She holds her B.A. and M.A. in Communication and is a Ph.D. candidate.

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